News | January 29, 2008

U.S. Hospitals Embrace Barcodes for Point-of-Care Safety

January 30, 2008 - The TerraPharma Project LLC, an educational advocacy organization promoting patient safety improvement, today announced agreements with four top healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to promote The unSUMMIT conference for Bedside Barcoding April 30 – May 2 in Austin, TX.

Members of Premier Inc, Novation, MedAssets Supply Chain Systems and Amerinet will receive a registration discount to attend the conference that will provide information on the latest barcode-enabled point-of-care technology (BPOC) designed to reduce medical errors and enhance patient safety.
The unSUMMIT is an educational event that facilitates peer-to-peer exchange and offers hospitals a one-stop-shopping experience to evaluate BPOC systems and associated technologies. Since its initiation in 2005 when estimated adoption rates lagged at less than 10 percent, BPOC adoption rates have grown to more than 20 percent, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. As evidence of this momentum, each year The unSUMMIT has attracted a growing number of attendees, vendor participation, and the active support of hospital purchasing groups as Alliance partners.

The unSUMMIT will honor a conference registration fee discount of 20 percent for all Alliance Partner hospital attendees. Attendees will experience two days of BPOC-focused education and may earn as many as 17 nursing and pharmacy continuing education hours in the process. In addition, attendees may elect to participate in one of two post-conference workshops that will explore the value of smart infusion pumps and the role of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology in medication safety. Individuals may register before Friday, Feb. 29 to take advantage of reduced pricing.

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